Thursday, July 26, 2012

Neer Dosa or Bari Akki Dosa

Neer Dosa or Bari Akki dosa is a famous South Canara dish. Dosa is prepared using only rice. So it it called as bari (only) akki ( rice) dosa. So it is prepared only with Raw rice . This dosa can be prepared for break fast, as snack or even for dinner. We call it as Neer (water) dosa since the dough consistency is like water.

Neer dosa is eaten with jaggery, jaggery coconut, fruit rasayanas like mango, banana even coconut milk and jaagery combined Kai haalu. Even we eat Neer dosa with Moong dal payasam. It is one of the favourite dish of many.

Raw rice is soaked for 2 to 3 hours and ground nicely to paste with little water. Then more water is added to thinner the dough. It is better to use non stick dosa pan since dosa do not stick on that. Back at home in villages they use traditional pans.

Things Needed :

Raw Rice ( Dosa Rice ) : 2 cups.
Tender coconut : 2 to 3 Table spoons
Salt : As required.
Salt : as required.
Oil : 5 Table spoons.
Ghee : 2 to 3 Table spoons.
Water : 2 to 3 cups.
Oil : 2 to 3 Table spoons

Method :

1. Wash and soak raw (dosa) rice for 2 to 3 hours.
2. Grate coconut and grind soaked raw rice with fresh coconut with little water.
3. Grind till the dough turn into nice paste.
4. Remove from the mixi jar to a big bowl
5. Add required water and make the dough consistency in to thinner. ( I cup rice = 2 to 2 1/2 cup water).
6. Add required salt and mix it well.
7. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Sprinkle oil and put a full ladle of dough. Spread the dough by holding the dough.
8. Cover it and cook for 1 minute. Now remove the cover and take out the dosa and keep it aside in a plate.
9. Each time you need to mix the dough just before pouring on the pan since the consistency is thin, the rice part goes down.
10 Repeat the same and prepare the rest of the dosas. Serve with the side dish you prepared.

Note : 

You can use 1/2 cup of hot water just before you prepare dosa. It helps the dosa to be soft. Remember do not add boiling water. Just hot water will do.Using coconut or tender coconut pulp adds to the taste and it is optional. You can prepare nice dosas without coconut also. You must mix the dough each time you prepare dosa. (Since the consistency of the dough is watery, the water part comes up quickly and the rice dough goes down the bowl. So you need to mix it each time. Using ghee instead of oil is optional. It also adds to the taste. You must cover the dosa quickly as soon as you spread the dough on the pan or dosa turns white as if it is not cooked.
Preparation time : 30 minutes + Soaking time 3 hours.

Serves 3 to 4.

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